The interpretation of a task is different depending on who reads it. Typically, a well-written task is understandable to the person assigned. Therefore, you should not need any additional details in its content. Sometimes however, two different people interpret the instructions differently. Perhaps that is because the message is unclear or may not have been properly understood. In either case, the end result would be far from the one desired. What does that entail?
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It is still said that keeping track of employees’ working time is a key aspect of taking care of the functional condition of a company. Is this true, and what is it really necessary for?
Since the dawn of time, employers wanted to know how much time their employees spend on their work, not to count that time, but to ensure the amount of hours get worked, consistent with the contract, employment, or otherwise written agreement. An employer who pays for a 40-hour work week expects that an employee spends 40hrs on the job that week. Most often in a small company, where the boss starts working every day along with his employees, that becomes an art of pretending. When aware that the company’s CEO is not present because he/she is on vacation, one might come a bit later (risking a phone check from the supervisor) or leave a bit earlier. In larger, wealthier companies, an electronic entry card system may be installed to register each worker’s morning starting and afternoon ending time. These systems automatically keep track of employee hours. However, methods to circumvent them are inevitable. For example, a coworker friend can swipe your card at 8am, allowing you to take care of other errands, and sneak in later at 9am.
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